People in Crete are very friendly and hospitable in a great extreme. You might find yourself in a situation (especially in small villages and towns) where they will even invite you to their homes for lunch, or offer you a drink as soon as they meet you. It's part of their culture I guess. If you don't want to accept the invitation do it very kindly or they might be offended.
Chania is the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. It is built on the site of the ancient city of Kydonia. This site was inhabited from Neolithic times and through all phases of the Minoan Period. Kydonia developed into a very important center of the Minoan civilization and it was famous for its pottery workshops. During the Roman period Kydonia was an important city. Kydonia was destroyed in 828 AD by the Saracene pirates. During the Byzantine period Hania ceased to be an important city.
When the Venetians came they settled in Kastelli, the hill which commands the harbor, and they fortified it. The city flourished as an economical and intellectual center. The fear of a Turkish invasion forced the Venetians to enclose the entire town with a wallt.
In 1645 the Turks occupied Chania after a two months siege. In 1850 they transferred the capital of the island there.
With the liberation of Crete from the Turks, in 1897, Hania became the capital of the autonomous Cretan State. In 1913, along with the rest of Crete, it was united with the rest of the Greek State.
Chania was the birth place of one of the greatest statesman of the new Hellenic Republic, Eleftherios Venizelos.